Preserve the Harvest: Peach Basil Caramelized Onion Preserves


Preserve the Harvest Series presents a new fruit or vegetable every Tuesday with the goal of helping you get the most out of fresh fruits and vegetables harvested during peak season. Whether you grow your own fruits and vegetables, buy them at the Farmer’s Market or your local grocery store, it is good to remember the best time to preserve your bounty is when it is plentiful. Preserving the harvest stocks your pantry shelves and freezer with whole foods that you can feel good about, foods that taste great, and this approach saves you money.  A sane approach to sustainability! Next up…peaches and Peach Basil Caramelized Onion Preserves.

Preserve the Harvest: Peaches LET’S TALK PEACHES

When to Buy Peaches

Peaches are a summer seasonal fruit that are at their peak from mid June to mid September depending on the region you live in. Warmer climates like California, Georgia and South Carolina’s season starts earlier. Idaho, Washington and other Northwest states season starts a little later and extends further into September.

Where to Buy Peaches

When buying peaches it is best to buy local. The best tasting peaches are those that have not been picked too early. This is harder to find in grocery stores where peaches have had to travel hundred of miles before reaching the store. Out of necessity peaches are picked early to ensure they make it to the market  before ripening. Once peaches have been picked, they will soften but the sugar content remains the same as when the peaches were first harvested. The longer they are on the tree the sweeter and juicier they become. 

How To Choose Peaches

Choose peaches that are firm but yield to gentle pressure. Peaches bruise easily so hold them firmly in the palm of your hand to test, not with your fingers. Great peaches have a pleasant peachy aroma. Avoid peaches with a green cast. They were picked too early and may soften but taste will be greatly affected.

Storing Peaches

Store ripe peaches in the refrigerator and eat within a few days of storing for best flavor. Unripened peaches should be stored at room temperature. Be sure to pay close attention. Peaches can go from ripe to rotten very quickly. Once peach has begun to soften and becomes fragrant it’s time to eat it or put it into the refrigerator. If you have purchased peaches that are very firm and want to hasten the ripening, place the peaches in a paper bag with a banana. Place a few holes in the bag to provide plenty of ventilation. Check often and place in the refrigerator when peaches soften.

Preserve the Harvest: Peach Basil Caramelized Onion Preserves Preserving Peaches

Peaches lend themselves well to canning, freezing and jams and jellies of all kinds. When canning or freezing it is best to use blemish free, firm peaches. To remove skin easily from peaches place peach in boiling water for 30 to 45 seconds, remove and plunge into cold water. Skins should easily slip away from the peach. Cool slightly before cutting to help retain as much juice from the peach as possible.  For more information on how to freeze and can peaches see a few of my favorite links below.

How to Make Homemade Frozen Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Plums, Figs, Nectarines and Cherries

How to Make Homemade Canned Peaches, Plums, Pears, Plums, Nectarines and Cherries


I love the fresh summery taste of peaches in the peach basil caramelized onion preserves. The basil, peach and sweet onion blend together in one harmonious burst of flavor. I literally could open a jar and eat it with a spoon until every last bit disappeared. Try it spread over a softened cheese with crackers, baked in a tart for a savory treat, or spooned over a pork loin to fancy up an entree with little effort. 


The following recipe is processed using a water bath canning process. If you have never canned before or need a refresher the National Center for Home Food Preservation is the gold standard of information. I would encourage you to head over and read their general canning information.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Peach Basil Caramelized Onion Preserves
  • 10 medium peaches, peeled and sliced into 8ths
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 16 leaves of basil,cut into thin ribbons
  • 6½ cups raw sugar
  • 2 tsps sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  1. Heat grapeseed oil in large nonstick skillet over med. high heat.
  2. Add onion slices and cook, stirring occasionally until onions begin to soften and color. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir to prevent sticking while preparing peaches.
  3. Place peaches and ¼ cup water into large sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until peaches have softened.
  4. Add raw sugar, caramelized onions, sea salt , pepper, lemon, and basil to peaches.
  5. Return peaches to a low boil and stir until sugar has dissolved.
  6. Allow peaches to continue to boil until thickened. (about 30 to 45 minutes depending on water content of peaches)
  7. Once thickened remove from heat, fill sterilized pint jars leaving ½ inch headspace.
  8. Wipe rim of canning jar and apply lid and band.
  9. Process in hot water bath for 10 - 15 minutes depending on elevation.or place preserves in refrigerator.
  10. Makes about 4 pints.

Recipe adapted from the cookbook Homegrown Pure and Simple: Great Healthy Food from Garden to Table (afiliate link) by Michel Nischan: Summer Peach and Caramelized Onion Jam 

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Blueberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Blueberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken


Have you ever had one of those days when nothing goes right? I’m not talking about a minor issue here or there. I’m speaking of a full blown “this is so comical, there must be a camera somewhere” kinda day. That about sums up what the last 24 hours have been like.

 All week I have been preparing to go on vacation and have been working diligently to get all my ducks in a row before I head out. Yesterday started out fairly normal. I was up early, had my cup of coffee and was ready to wrap up my posts for the rest of the week and give myself a nice little pat on the back for a job well done. That smug sentiment didn’t last long enough for me to finish my second cup of coffee.

Blueberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken Rain, thunder, lightning storm…boom! Out goes the internet and phone. No service of any kind for the rest of the day. This is when living in the tulies is not advantageous. I whined to the walls (hubby wasn’t yet home), stomped around the house, and sulked. I eventually gave in to defeat and let it go. Some things are beyond our control. Life doesn’t revolve around whether I can get on the internet or not and a post can be late or postponed. It is not the end of the world. Ultimately a good lesson for me to digest. On the plus side, my house has never been cleaner!

Sweet blueberries, maple syrup and caramelized onions combine with balsamic vinegar, fresh rosemary and oregano to create a rich savory sauce for this delectable chicken dish. A flavorful combination that may just leave you licking your fingers as well as your plate.

Blueberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken

5.0 from 4 reviews
Blueberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small white onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Blueberries, rinsed and stems removed
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ⅓ cup real maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and butter in a large, heavy, skillet.
  3. Season chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Add chicken to the pan after butter has melted and is hot and bubbly.
  5. Sear chicken breasts over medium-high heat until lightly browned.
  6. Remove from the pan and place in a baking dish, set aside.
  7. Add remaining olive oil and butter to the skillet,
  8. Add onions and cook until soft and lightly caramelized, 3- 4 minutes.
  9. Add blueberries and cook 1 minute.
  10. Stir in vinegar, maple syrup, rosemary, oregano and remaining salt and pepper.
  11. Simmer about 10 minutes, until blueberries have softened.
  12. Pour the blueberry balsamic mixture over chicken and put baking dish in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  13. Chicken should no longer be pink in the middle and reach an internal temp of 165 degrees F

Recipe adapted from Driscoll’s: Blueberry-Balsamic Glazed Rosemary Chicken

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